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Occupational Therapy

Volume 490: debated on Monday 23 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what planning assessments he has made in respect of the number of occupational therapists required in the National Health Service. (263611)

As at 30 September 2007, there were 17,024 qualified occupational therapy staff employed in the national health service.

Effective work force planning is about delivering the best possible patient care by ensuring high quality staff with the right skills are in the right place at the right time.

No assessment has been made centrally as to the number of occupational therapists required as local NHS organisations are best placed to assess the health care needs of their local populations.